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Title: Engineered Timber Structural Systems for Seismically Resilient Tall Buildings

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, Research In Progress FPL-RIP-4719-024

Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory

Publication Year: 2014  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: The wood building design community is developing technologies to enable economically competitive and high-performance urban infill buildings in seismic regions of the United States. Modern urbanization in the United States is driving a growing need for 8- to 14-story buildings for both residential and light commercial applications.

For the wood building community, a viable tall building solution is the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT). Tall wood buildings are already constructed in low seismic regions. An 8-story building in Sweden, a 9-story building in London, and a 10-story building in Melbourne have been built with CLT. In the U.S. market, the CLT option also stands out as a cost and environmentally competitive alternative suitable for the 85- to 125-foot height range. This project seeks to combine innovative seismically resilient design techniques with mass timber to build taller, more resilient, and more economical structures.

Keywords: Cross Laminated Timber; Performance Based Seismic Design; numerical models; tall wood; structural systems; ductility

File size: 627 kb(s)

Date posted: 09/08/2014

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